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L Brands makes PFC-free supply chain pledge
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:28:00 GMT

Apparel company L Brands, owner of lingerie brands Victoria's Secret and La Senza, has instructed its supply chain to stop using PFCs in their products.
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JC Penney taps supply chain and omni-channel chiefs
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:34:00 GMT

US department store retailer JC Penney has appointed a new executive vice president of omni-channel and senior vice president of supply chain to help propel its omni-channel growth strategy.
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Fabric sourcing platform links mills with design teams
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:59:00 GMT

A new online sourcing platform has been launched to link designers and fabric R&D teams with reputable mills around the world who can supply quality fabrics and designs.
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Hugo Boss reaffirms FY on faster Q2 growth
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:37:00 GMT

Luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss has reaffirmed its full-year sales and profit guidance as it revealed faster growth in its second-quarter.
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Limited Brands makes PFC-free supply chain pledge
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:28:00 GMT

Apparel company Limited Brands, owner of lingerie brands Victoria's Secret and La Senza, has instructed its supply chain to stop using PFCs in their products.
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Coach closes on "rather dismal" year
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:57:00 GMT

Luxury accessories business Coach has closed out its fiscal year with what an analyst has described as a "rather dismal" set of numbers, which continue the long run trend of decline.
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COMMENT: Wearable tech - a passing fashion?
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:31:00 GMT

Is wearable technology a 'fad' or a passing fashion - or is it something that is here to stay? And what are the challenges faced from both a commercial and a legal perspective? Sarah Pearce, a partner in the Technology Transactions Group at law firm Cooley LLP, looks at these issues and discusses their future impact.
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Delta Apparel turns corner as Q3 profit doubles
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:05:00 GMT

US clothing business Delta Apparel doubled its net profit in the third quarter, despite lower sales, thanks to improved margins and cost reductions.
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Poor weather dampens Uniqlo July sales
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:12:00 GMT

Poor weather during the first half of July dampened sales of summer items for Fast Retailing-owned casual clothing brand Uniqlo, pushing down sales at its Japanese stores.
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Tommy Hilfiger chairman Gehring steps down
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:44:00 GMT

Fred Gehring, the chairman of PVH Corp's Tommy Hilfiger brand has stepped down from his role to take an advisory position with the company.
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TM Lewin in management buy-out
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:46:00 GMT

The management of UK shirt maker TM Lewin has acquired Caird Capital's 20% stake in the business.
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Geox moves to profit in first-half
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:11:00 GMT

Italian apparel and footwear business Geox has moved to a profit in its first-half and offered a positive outlook for the remainder of the year.
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Latest TPP talks fail to clinch a deal
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:04:00 GMT

After the latest round of TPP talks failed to clinch a deal last week, the race is now on to secure an agreement before the US presidential elections halt progress.
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Coats Group swings to substantial H1 loss
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:02:00 GMT

Industrial thread and textile crafts business Coats Group Plc swung to a first-half loss of US$41.5m, hurt by currency headwinds and lower revenues at its crafts division.
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Software solutions: Digital design and prototyping tools
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:01:00 GMT

Apparel producers face increasing options in digital design tools as software providers expand into new markets and offer more advanced and innovative features.
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Delta Galil completes PJ Salvage takeover
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:52:00 GMT

Lingerie, sleepwear and sock manufacturer Delta Galil Industries has completed its acquisition of the PJ Salvage brand, expanding its branded business and international presence.
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Archroma to debut "pioneering" digital printing service
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Textile chemicals specialist Archroma is gearing up for the introduction of what it claims will be a "pioneering system" that will mark a turnaround in the textile digital printing market.
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Grafton Fraser to expand Jones New York in Canada
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:11:00 GMT

Canadian men's wear retailer Grafton Fraser Inc has acquired all 35 Jones New York retail stores across Canada, and says it plans "significant growth" in the near future.
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Raw material supplier audits a highlight for Gildan
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:37:00 GMT

Auditing key raw material suppliers was among the key achievements for Gildan Activewear in 2014, as part of the company's social compliance programme which aims to drive best practices in the apparel industry.
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Uniqlo owner highlights progress at supplier factories
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:41:00 GMT

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has highlighted the progress it has made with monitoring and improving working conditions at its textile supplier factories following a series of alleged violations earlier this year.
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Software solutions: PLM goes mobile
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:32:00 GMT

Developers of product lifecycle management (PLM) systems for the apparel industry are continuing to offer a wider variety of mobile applications as well as improving their solutions in smaller, more detailed ways.
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Software solutions: ERP developers fine-tune their systems
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:08:00 GMT

Similar to trends in product lifecycle management (PLM) systems, developments in enterprise resource planning (ERP) for the apparel industry are currently focused on smaller changes improving specific functions.
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Software solutions: Developments in digital showrooms
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:45:00 GMT

New solutions for digital showrooms and improvements in established services are opening up sale opportunities around the world for apparel producers, as well as smoother, more accurate digital shopping experiences for their customers.
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Wearable payments set to exceed $500bn by 2020
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:51:00 GMT

Digital payments using wearable devices such as smart watches, fitness trackers, and payment wristbands are set to soar from $3.1bn in 2015 to $501.1bn worldwide by 2020, a new report suggests.
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Inventory and price cuts hurt Gildan Activewear Q2
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:01:00 GMT

Retailer inventory reductions and ?weak printwear sales in Europe weighed on Gildan Activewear's second-quarter performance, with the US apparel manufacturer now expecting full-year earnings and sales to be at the bottom end of its earlier guidance.
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Currency headwinds widen Deckers Brands Q1 loss
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:31:00 GMT

Apparel and footwear group Deckers Brands has said currency headwinds will impact margins for the full year, after reporting a steeper first-quarter loss.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:17:00 GMT

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at VF Corp's interest in Africa as a sourcing destination, how G-Star Raw is pushing the boundaries of denim, and the launch of a metallised thread antenna for a new "revolutionary" RFID tag.
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New dye-sublimation printers for clothing and sportswear
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:34:00 GMT

Printing specialist Epson has unveiled two new dye-sublimation printers capable of producing high-quality printed textiles, such as clothing and sportswear.
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Columbia Sportswear lifts outlook despite Q2 loss
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:02:00 GMT

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has raised its full-year guidance, despite seeing its second-quarter loss widen.
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Egypt clothing makers help reverse cotton import ban
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:45:00 GMT

Egypt's trade ministry and clothing manufacturers have successfully pushed for a lifting of a temporary ban on all cotton imports by the country's ministry of agriculture and land reclamation.
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SOURCING: Supply chain mapping using the Bitcoin blockchain
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:27:00 GMT

A new tool that could bring greater transparency to complex global apparel supply chains has been developed by UK start-up Provenance. Based on the Bitcoin blockchain platform, which enables digital asset transfers across the internet, the technology can create a unique digital record that verifies, tracks and traces each step of the production process, without the need for software.
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Crocs Q2 profit plummets on lower sales
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:15:00 GMT

US footwear firm Crocs has seen its second-quarter profit plummet 42.3%, due to lower retail and wholesale sales, especially in Europe.
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Hanesbrands cuts sales outlook after Q2 profit slide
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:29:00 GMT

US apparel manufacturer Hanesbrands has cut its full-year sales outlook after second-quarter net profit plummeted 39%, weighed down by one-off charges.
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Hermes promises action over animal cruelty claims
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:12:00 GMT

Hermès has pledged to take action against suppliers who do not respect animal welfare regulations after an investigation exposed violations at the French luxury group's tanneries.
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Exports of lower cotton content denim treble in five years
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:00:00 GMT

World exports of denim fabric with a cotton content of less than 85% trebled over the five years to 2014 to reach a record high of US$1.7bn, a new report shows.
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UK consumer confidence weakens in July
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:55:00 GMT

Confidence among UK consumers dropped in July, falling from levels not seen since the nineties or early days of the noughties.
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US consumers embracing water-repellent down
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:37:00 GMT

US consumers of outdoor clothing appear to be moving towards buying products based on high performance results and lowest environmental impact, a new survey suggests.
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JD Sports FY profit to beat expectations
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:02:00 GMT

UK retailer JD Sports Fashion has said its full-year profit will beat forecasts, thanks to better than expected first-half sales, but warned currency headwinds will impact margins.
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Intertextile Shanghai to cover entire denim chain
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:49:00 GMT

The entire denim supply chain - from yarns, fabrics, garments and accessories through to machinery - will be on show for the first time at the upcoming Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics fair.
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Lenzing strengthens North Asia operations
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:26:00 GMT

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is strengthening its technical customer service in Asia with the opening of a new centre in Hong Kong.
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Steve Madden confident despite Q2 profit fall
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:10:00 GMT

US footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has reported a better-than-expected performance in the second quarter, despite posting a 12.5% decline in net profit.
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Athletic footwear sales grow ahead of back-to-school
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:20:00 GMT

Strong mid-year sales of athletic footwear in the US is an encouraging indicator for the all-important back-to-school season, new research suggests.
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Primaloft named largest Bluesign insulation supplier
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:38:00 GMT

Branded synthetic apparel insulation manufacturer Primaloft has been named as the largest global supplier of Bluesign approved insulation.
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Mexican makers see growth in exports and local demand
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:20:00 GMT

Mexico's textiles and apparel industry expects revenues to grow 4% to roughly MXN26bn ($1.6bn) in 2015, helped by a bounce-back in US exports and buoyant domestic demand, industry observers say.
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Retailers to answer over supply chain human trafficking
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:01:00 GMT

The UK Government is forcing retailers to play their part in helping eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains, under new measures to be included in the Modern Slavery Bill.
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LF Corp to streamline planning and sourcing
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:16:00 GMT

Asian fashion and lifestyle company LF Corp has selected Dassault Systèmes' 'My Collection for Fashion' 3D software solution to streamline the planning, designing and sourcing of its collections.
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Moncler in H1 profit and sales hike
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:56:00 GMT

Italian luxury fashion group Moncler has reported an 88% hike in first-quarter net profit, thanks to solid retail sales growth, especially in the Americas and Asia regions.
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Pent-up demand boosts Skechers Q2 profit
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:20:00 GMT

Fast-growing footwear business Skechers USA more than doubled its second-quarter profit, helped by pent-up demand for its products in the US and abroad.
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Analysts upbeat as Bonmarche Q1 sales grow
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:20:00 GMT

Analysts remain upbeat about Bonmarché's growth opportunities, after the UK women's wear retailer booked strong first-quarter sales growth, albeit at a slower pace than last year.
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Thermore unveils "next generation" of smart insulation
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:28:00 GMT

Thermal insulation specialist Thermore has unveiled a new "smart insulation" technology that keeps wearers warm over a wider range of temperatures.
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Clothing a top category for mass personalisation
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:07:00 GMT

Mass personalisation is finally becoming a reality, a new survey suggests, with one in three consumers wanting personalised products or services, and clothing one of the top categories for adding a personal touch.
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COMMENT: Asian union development and the Western response
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:40:00 GMT

For the past three years, industrial action has been on the rise in all Asian garment exporting countries. It is a replay of similar events that occurred almost everywhere in the early stages of industrial union development, says David Birnbaum. The difference, however, is that regulations relating to workers and factory working conditions are usually imposed by Western importers.
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Alvanon to drive innovation with new hires
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:39:00 GMT

Apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon has announced two executive changes within its strategic innovations research and development facility in Hong Kong, including the promotion of Kevin Campbell to chief technology officer.
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Clothing bolsters July UK retail sales growth
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:13:00 GMT

UK clothing retailers saw July sales volumes grow at their fastest pace in six months, thanks to warmer weather, which also helped to boost overall retail sales.
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Delta Galil reveals mixed Q2 results
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:31:00 GMT

Delta Galil Industries has revealed mixed results in its second-quarter as earnings fell but sales grew, with the lingerie, sleepwear and sock manufacturer reaffirming its full-year guidance.
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Carter's ups FY guidance on strong Q2
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:54:00 GMT

Children's wear company Carter's has upped its full-year guidance as it revealed higher earnings and sales in its second-quarter.
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Sudwolle unveils eco-friendly treatment for wool fibres
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Südwolle Group has launched a plasma treatment for wool, which it claims is a "huge environmental leap forward and sets a new standard for wool processing".
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Myanmar's national trade union centre officially registered
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:20:00 GMT

In a move that marks another major step in the country's ongoing reform, the government has officially registered the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM).
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Fakes take 10% of EU clothing and footwear sales
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:40:00 GMT

The scale of the impact of counterfeiting on the EU textile and clothing sector is revealed in a new study, which estimates more than EUR26bn (US$28.8bn) and up to 363,000 jobs are lost every year due to fake clothes, shoes and accessories.
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Asahi Kasei ramps up fibre production
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:24:00 GMT

Japan's Asahi Kasei Fiber Corporation is ramping up production of its Cupro and Roica products as it unveils new fibres for fashion and sportswear.
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Euratex raises rules of origin issues in ongoing TTIP talks
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:09:00 GMT

Trade association Euratex has raised a number of issues linked to rules of origin in the ongoing Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between the EU and US, describing them as "the key issue for EU textile and clothing sector."
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SOURCING: Euro decline weighs on Turkish clothing industry
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:49:00 GMT

Turkish clothing exporters are facing tough times, with the falling euro taking a big bite out of Turkish ready-to-wear clothing export revenues, at a time when weak economic performance across Europe is dampening its key markets. But there could also be a silver lining, executives tell just-style.
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US apparel groups urge Customs Bill remedies
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:43:00 GMT

US apparel and footwear groups are urging Congress to include a House trade remedy provision in the upcoming Customs Bill to combat the evasion of anti-dumping, and have suggested a number of provisions for the final bill.
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TJX to grow in Australia with Trade Secret buy
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:06:00 GMT

US retail group The TJX Companies has signed an agreement to purchase Australian off-price fashion retailer Trade Secret.
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LVMH H1 boosted by "excellent" fashion growth
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:36:00 GMT

An "excellent start to the year" for LVMH's fashion and leather goods division helped the group post an increase in revenue and profit in its first-half.
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Nordstrom expands Madewell distribution to 30 stores
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:16:00 GMT

US upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom is bolstering its partnership with J Crew's Madewell brand by doubling the number of stores that sell the line to 30.
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Eliminating supply chain risk tops sustainability agenda
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:22:00 GMT

Eliminating risks is the main driver for supply chain sustainability both now and into 2016, according to new research.
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US trafficking upgrade paves way for Malaysia in TPP
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:32:00 GMT

An upgrade of Malaysia in the US government's annual report on human trafficking paves the way for the Southeast Asia nation to take part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.
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Berghaus launches eco-friendly garment label
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:55:00 GMT

Outdoor performance wear specialist Berghaus has introduced a new 'Made Kind' label to identify that its garments are kinder to the planet.
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US upgrades Uzbekistan despite cotton sector concerns
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:37:00 GMT

A decision by the US to upgrade Uzbekistan in its annual report on human trafficking has been slammed by human rights groups.
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INTERVIEW: G-Star RAW pushes the boundaries of denim
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:29:00 GMT

G-Star RAW thrives on innovative design, new wash and dye techniques, and sustainability - weaving these into its products and processes for the last 26 years. And for global brand manager Remco de Nijs, the edgy label's DNA continues to push the boundaries of denim.
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Boden invests in PLM to support growth
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:45:00 GMT

British fashion brand Boden has selected Centric Software's product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to support the growth of its international online and mail-order business.
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Cambodia sets up libraries for garment workers
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:56:00 GMT

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has joined forces with non-governmental organisation Sipar to provide a library resource centre at garment factories for workers.
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Wal-Mart makes greenhouse gases pledge
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:30:00 GMT

US retail giant Wal-Mart has pledged to reduce greenhouse gases across its operations as part of a White House US business climate change commitment.
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Analysts upbeat after Next lifts FY outlook
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:24:00 GMT

Analysts continue to remain upbeat about Next Plc's prospects, after the UK fashion retailer raised its full-year outlook, thanks to better-than-expected first-half sales growth.
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